Deluxe Luxury Edition 2-CD Set, Funked Up & Chilled Out, Showcases the Eclectic Saxophonist’s Two Distinct Sides
Nearly two decades after her GRAMMY®-nominated recording debut in 1990, saxophonist Candy Dulfer has earned a reputation as a high-energy performer with charisma and sex appeal to burn. But along the way – both on stage and in the studio – she has offered numerous glimpses of her softer, quieter side. These two creative dimensions make up the whole of her diverse and eclectic approach to songwriting and performing.
Dulfer bares it all – the brassy and edgy as well as the relaxed and mellow – with the release of Funked Up & Chilled Out (HUCD 3152E) on Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group. The deluxe luxury edition 2-CD set, scheduled for international release, features one disc loaded with the revved-up funk and R&B typical of her legendary live show, and another that simmers with the cooler, quieter groove that settles in after hours when it’s time to kick back and relax.
Disc one, the Funked Up half of the project, started coming together not long after the critically acclaimed 2007 release of Dulfer’s Heads Up debut, Candy Store. In the meantime, she and her band had been asked by Dutch filmmaker Fred van Dijk to record the soundtrack for Kissed by the Grape, a documentary exploring the world of organic winemaking. The soundtrack project was the genesis of Chilled Out, the more ambient disc 2 of the edition.
“We loved the music we’d made for the movie so much that we thought it should be part of the record,” says Dulfer. “We had a whole bunch of uptempo, fun songs and a whole bunch of really beautiful, really atmospheric slow songs. We felt that all of these tracks together really represented the two sides of what I do. So we said, ‘Why not make a double album and not interfere with either groove? We’ll just have one album that’s totally upbeat, and another that’s more relaxed and introspective.’”
“This album is something you can listen to in its entirety and not be distracted by abrupt changes in style,” says Dulfer. “Some people are really into the uptempo stuff, some people prefer the slower stuff, and some people appreciate the difference between the two. There are a lot of people who like to be transported to a specific vibe, and I think those people will be really happy with this album, because they can choose whatever style they want to listen to.”
Whether your agenda for the evening calls for revving or relaxing – or perhaps one and then the other – Funked Up & Chilled Out packs the necessary grooves to fire you up at the front end of your night out and then cool you off after hours.